on Jan. 14, 2014 :
There are some books you know will be good simply by the author's name. I have read several books by this author and enjoyed every one of them. From the cover art to the last page, this book screams Bonnie Bernard. Her humor, narrative, all of it combines in such a way that sooner or later, you will find yourself grinning if not outright laughing.
I was already laughing at ten pages into the book. Guy goes to his company Halloween party, visits the tent of the party fortune teller, wakes up the next morning naked in the back of a pickup truck with no memory of what happened or how he got there. Yeah, I'm laughing. Of course, in true Bernard fashion, she immediately throws her signature curveball(s). Yeah, more than one. My head's still spinning. Each consecutive story is as funny as the next one.
Nature Calls is a collection of stories guaranteed to tickle your funny bone more than a few times. When I reviewed Let's Conquer Paris by Oleg Medvedkov last September, I said "I would be willing to keep a print version of his book in my car for those horrid traffic jams caused by construction or the imp of the perverse." I have to say the same thing about Nature Calls. This book is such a mood lifter and should be in everyone's desk, no matter what their job. Call it stress relief, mood lifter, or just plain awesome.
I look forward to any book written by Bonnie Bernard. You just can't go wrong. There is something for everyone in this book. While fantasy characters are at the forefront, the situations they find themselves in speak to the everyday person just trying to get through the day. Having Bernard's spin on everything makes this an exceptional read.
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)
on April 21, 2013 :
Bonnie Bernard’s Nature Calls is a collection of original stories linked by a common theme, but so diverse and inventive that they range from the contemplative, almost Bradburyan “Welcome Mat” to the darkly violent “Hell Mutt.” A recurring figure is Yeti, seen in interactions with a series of distinctive figures—from a space alien to Jesus! “The Ricki Shay Effect” is a look at the unexpected aftermath of literary success that’s both charming and chilling. Ms. Bernard brings her welcome brand of humor and an eye for social satire to these tales, and the result is both entertaining and thought provoking. Readers who are distressed by depictions of rape and implied animal violence may wish to skip “Hell Mutt,” but there is much else here to savor. Anyone who enjoyed Ms. Bernard’s Midnight Hunter series will definitely want to check out this rich collection.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 9, 2013 :
10+*s. I received a ecopy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
WOW.What an awesomely exciting and spectacular book of short stories. I laughed and smiled all the way through and each one of the titles intrigued and peeked my interest to keep reading from beginning to end!! It's an unforgettable MUST read that will drag you in hook, line, and sinker!! I am unable to sit here and tell you which one of these stories was my favorite, because I loved very single one of them!!! This is a captivating and fun bunch of stories that brings to life the awesome mind of this remarkably talented author!!!
Thank you, Bonnie Bernard, for the opportunity to read and review this book that I will cherish, re-read, and enjoy for a lifetime!!!
Don't be a stupid human, purchase your copy of this awesome book today!!!!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)